“The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and sea weed, and the smell of the sea, and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking forever and ever on the beach. And, oh, the cry of the sea gulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember?”
— C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This passage has always stayed in my mind, as the best evocation of the feeling of being at the sea shore that I’ve ever read.
Also, as a writer, I’ve thought a lot about the oddities of this passage — why it’s effective, and how I could learn from it.
Did you read the Narnia books when you were a child–or now, as an adult? I’m home in Kansas City for my high school reunion, and I came across my sister’s old copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I’ve read this book a hundred times, and I love it more each time.